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How I Used the Xbox Kinect to Lose Weight

Melissa has been gaming for 15 years and met her husband while playing Xbox. She plays a variety of FPS, RTS, arcade, and sandbox games.

Turns out, the Xbox Kinect was useful in losing weight.

Turns out, the Xbox Kinect was useful in losing weight.

My Motivation to Lose Weight

My Kinect weight loss success story began in March 2010, when I admitted I was fat! I weighed 250 pounds, and I'm only five foot nine inches tall. I gained 40 pounds of that during my pregnancy, which was riddled with health problems including gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure). But I was pre-obese prior to becoming pregnant.

The diabetes resolved itself after my daughter was born, but the high blood pressure did not. I should have known then my weight was the cause of all my health problems. I was being treated for high blood pressure at the age of 28. I knew something had to change.

Losing weight starts with knowing things have to change.

Losing weight starts with knowing things have to change.

Depression and Denial

My husband says I was never fat, but he has to say that right? He unwittingly enabled my denial. I had been out of work for over a year, and I was already very depressed. I had just lost my dog of 10 years and how did I make myself feel better? Like most people, I indulged in food and packed on the weight.

When I went back to work in 2009, I started feeling even more disgusted with myself. I was so fat! Not only was I disgusted by my reflection in the mirror, I was disgusted by the thought of my reflection.

The Xbox 360 Kinect

The Xbox 360 Kinect

Weight Loss With Xbox Kinect

Microsoft launched their Kinect for the Xbox 360 in November 2010. It was awesome. The Kinect is a device that tracks the movement made by the player without a controller. Essentially, you are the controller (in fact, that's the slogan for the Kinect).

There was just one problem: it showed me just how out of shape I was. It was horrible. I couldn't play for more than 15 minutes without getting really winded and having to sit down. I knew the excess weight was killing me. I had to lose it, and a gym wasn’t an option since we couldn’t afford it. There had to be another option.

Shortly after the Kinect was launched, Ubisoft announced their new fitness game Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. This opened a whole new world for me. I didn't need a gym membership, and I could work out in the comfort of my own home, which meant I'd actually work out!

When the game finally arrived, I had to try it immediately! I started “playing,” and I was hooked. The Kinect tracked all of my movements perfectly and like most video games, it was extremely addictive. I started working out every day. I even started a blog about my experience!

Video of UFC Trainer "Hit the Mits" Session

Can You Lose Weight With Xbox Kinect?

The fact that I could work out before I left to go to work in the mornings made it so easy.

I started getting up at 04:00 am to work out before anyone else got up. I'd work out for about two to 2.5 hours. Then I'd hop in the shower, eat breakfast, grab a few protein bars and jump in the car with my Starbucks coffee and go to work.

It was a perfect routine, and two months later, I had lost 40 pounds.

Every day, I felt stronger, healthier, and I was beginning to lose weight. My blood pressure was better, but it was still borderline despite the medication I took.

Six months after starting my exercise routine with the Kinect, I had lost 70lbs. I was still exercising daily, still getting up at 4:00 am to get my workout in before work. I had increased my routine to about two and a half to three-hour workouts, adding free weight training as well as cardio work.

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved allowed me to do everything except floor work, like sit-ups etc. But, I had some serious upper body strength now. My stomach was also flattening out. I was starting to feel sexy again! I had not only lost 70lbs of fat, I gained substantial lean muscle mass, which is extremely hard to do.

When I went back to my doctor, he was ecstatic. My blood pressure had gone from 136/94 to 104/72. A few more pounds and I could be off my medication.

Ok, so I didn’t lose the weight playing Modern Warfare 3, but I was playing a video game. That video game inspired me to change my life. I’m not just trying to lose weight now; I’m trying to live a healthy lifestyle. The game just makes it easy and fun to get in my exercise.

The Continuation

I'm still using the Kinect and recently got the new Your Shape: FItness Evolved 2012 game, but I wasn’t thrilled with it. Although the addition of floor work such as sit-ups and planks is impressive, the rest of the game falls a bit short.

I decided to try something new, and I bought UFC Personal Trainer. The MMA (mixed martial arts) style of fighting not only helped me get out all my frustration that had festered from the previous year; it was fun!

I’ve gone back to using the original Your Shape: Fitness Evolved because I really enjoy some of the weight training routines. They are really tough, and the routines on the new version of the game are actually too easy for me at this point.

Side by Side screen shots of my Your Shape Game app (left) and my Fitbit app (right).

Side by Side screen shots of my Your Shape Game app (left) and my Fitbit app (right).

My Fitbit Force

My Fitbit Force

I also started using a Fitbit Force. Since my workouts are step-based, I get a more accurate reading of how many calories I burned while playing Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.

This is really helpful when I play Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 because it's estimated calorie burn is about half of the estimate of the original game, which makes it difficult to determine which game is accurate.

For example, when I play the platinum cardio boxing class on the original Your Shape game, I burn about 160 calories. But when I play the same class on the new Your Shape, I only burn about 60. That's a huge difference. According to my Fitbit, I burn anywhere from 90 to 100 calories playing the platinum class.

Because of this, my Fitbit has allowed me to more accurately adjust my daily calorie allotment and keep a closer eye on how many calories I actually burn on any given day. This makes it even easier to adjust my workout if I decide to splurge on dessert!


Since the Xbox One was released, I've been using the app Xbox Fitness, with the Xbox One Kinect to do my workouts. However, in June of 2017, Xbox discontinued the Fitness app.

Because of this, I have gone back to using the Xbox 360 and Your Shape Fitness Evolved for weight training, but I'm currently using Mossa's streaming service for my cardio workouts.

In January 2017, I also drastically changed my diet. Because of all of these changes, I decided to rename Kinect Weight Loss to Defiant Diet. The new blog will discuss all aspects of fitness including diet and exercise, as well as the use of technology to help you reach your fitness goals. You can follow my ongoing fitness journey on Instagram by following DefiantDiet.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mel Flagg COA OSC


Couchnest on December 13, 2017:

I have a kinect but haven't been real good about using it. I did however get a yoga game, have the fitness game, and now have a dance game and a zumba game. I'm hoping to use it to be more active since I have a mostly desk job during the day and spend 2 hours in the car every day. I recently bought these nifty wrist/hand weights to use while walking on the treadmill. They slide over your thumb so you don't actually have to hold on to them while you walk or do stuff. Do you use anything like that? Do you use any other games with the kinect to get in shape? If you were to recommend one to someone just starting with the kinect, which would you recommend (which is the most fun)? My goal was to lose 30 pounds in 30 weeks and so far I am meeting that goal. I've lost 8 pounds since the beginning of November and that's with very little increase in activity. I also want to tone up some. I did add you on twitter. Great article.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 12, 2015:

Dr Carlos, I wish you the best of luck! I too got off track again recently, but I'm starting over in 2015. Stop by my blog and let me know how you're doing and if you start a blog post the address so I can check it out!

dr carlos on January 12, 2015:

love exergaming in the space of 5 years i went from 112kgs to 72 kgs, unfortunately i've had problems the last few years n got out of tge habit n started eating badly again, but i'm back on it for 2015, maybe even with a vlog and journal. here's hoping i can go from 92 kgs back to close to 72kgs again!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 18, 2014:

The most important thing I have found is to closely monitor how many calories you are eating and how many you burn with YSFE. Burning enough calories to keep you well under your caloric target was what helped me the most. I also made sure I eat every 3-4 hours so that I don't get hungry. You can join me on My FItness Pal, under the name DaughterofMaat, or check out my blog to follow my fitness journey and pick up some tips. I'm always happy to hear from my readers, and if you contact me through my blog or my fitness pal, you'll get a response right away, I'm not always on Hubpages. :) Best of luck to you! Hope to see you on My Fitness Pal! :D

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 18, 2014:

Unfortunately I can't change your nickname on here, it just lets me approve or unapprove comments. Sorry!! :(

healthyn14 on January 04, 2014:


I just commented initials V Preston. I would like to have my name changed before you post it please to healthyn14. thanks

Veronica Preston on January 04, 2014:

Thank you for sharing very helpful and inspiring. I just started using Fitness Evolved 2012. I would like to lose over 70lbs. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the good wok:)

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 18, 2013:

John, that's awesome! I'm so glad my story could inspire you! If you're interested in reviews of some of the exergames I use, check out my other hubs, or my blog where I do more in depth reviews. If you use My Fitness Pal to track your calories and exercise, you can find me there as well, and we can be fitness buddies! :D Please let me know how things go with the Kinect, I'm always interested in how other people do as well!

John Hunter on June 16, 2013:

This is just amazing, you just encouraged me to start and use the kinect to loose weight as well. I'll start by tomorrow!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 23, 2013:

Thanks rondmrn. When I started playing video games about 8 - 9 years ago, all I did was sit on the couch. Granted those games are fun (I love Modern Warfare 3) but there's just something about playing sports using your body instead of a controller. I tried the just dance games, but I think I spent too much time taking dance when I was a kid and now dancing just isn't my thing. But the game, no doubt, gets the blood flowing and works up a sweat!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 23, 2013:

Thanks EJ! I agree, the kinect really gives you a great workout. Just yesterday I was playing Tennis on Kinect sports 2 and in an 90 minutes, the game said I burned 165 calories! Not to mention my arm is pretty sore, but forehand got a lot of practice!

Ron Mariano from Orange County, CA on May 22, 2013:

I applaud these games as they help us do some physical activity. Video games for some is usually just sitting on the couch and playing a game. I wish I had a 360 to try this out but the Wii does have a good dance game as well, the Just Dance franchise. It's not bad at all! Great article!

EJ Lambert from Chicago, IL on May 22, 2013:

People like to roll their eyes and think the Kinect is just like the Wii. There is always a way around the physical part. I found that to be completely wrong. I've spent time just playing the sports games and can get a really good sweat going in under and hour. It really works and was so worth the money. Congrats on your success!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 13, 2013:

@jmartin1344 The Kinect is so much better than the Wii for exergaming. You don't have to hold anything or use any extra equipment. It really makes you feel like you're in the game and not just playing a game. :D

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 13, 2013:

@CyberShelley Thank you!! I love our Xbox! I just need to put our couch on rollers so it's easier to move because we use our Kinect all the time!! :D

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 13, 2013:

@JasonLicerioPH I agree, exercise doesn't have to be, and shouldn't be boring! It's amazing how many exergames have come out in the past few years since the Kinect was born. There's something for everyone and plenty to keep you from getting bored. It's awesome!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 05, 2013:

@julioistheman123 Try to stick with the lower fat meats like turkey, and chicken, and limit your red meat intake to about 1 or 2 times a week. We have a hodgepodge for dinner pretty frequently. It's a combination of veggies and Morning star crumbles over rice. But you could just as easily substitute ground beef or turkey for our vegan crumbles. Otherwise a fillet of fish, or chicken with veggies and brown rice makes a great meal.

jmartin1344 from Royal Oak, Michigan on May 05, 2013:

Great hub! My mom has been wanting to find a way to lose weight and she had mentioned seeing the Wii and XBox connect stuff and thinking she might like it. I plan to get her one for her Birthday and I think I'll probably go with the Xbox. Very cool to see someone's perspective and suggestion that it really works!

Nice hub!

Shelley Watson on May 05, 2013:

Congratulatiions on your stellar hub. Excellent article which helps me as I've a xbox in the house! Thank you for the information.

Jason Licerio from Philippines on May 05, 2013:

Wow, we have an Xbox 360 at home but we don't have a Kinect, hope we can buy one to play and be fit at the same time!

Being fit doesn't have to be boring :)

julioistheman123 from New York on May 03, 2013:

What are some good healthy meat dinners?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 02, 2013:

I've never tried quaker bars, I picked snack bars that were high in protein, like 9g or higher (if I could find them). otherwise I snacked on roasted unsalted almonds. Now, I read the labels, to see what kind of sugars are used and what other ingredients I don't want to ingest lol

julioistheman123 from New York on May 01, 2013:

I usually have whole grain wheat bread with cheese, lettuce, and turkey for lunch. Are Quaker bars good?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 01, 2013:

When I was eating meat, I stuck to the lower fat meats, like turkey. I had a turkey sandwich with light mayo and lettuce every day for lunch when I first started out. I was really finicky about the meats I ate, which is why it was really easy for me to go vegetarian. I only ate turkey and beef. I ate special K protein bars too for snacks, although I don't eat them anymore because of the refined sugars. I never ate eggs for breakfast except on rare occasions, I've had the same breakfast everyday for the past 3 years lol

julioistheman123 from New York on May 01, 2013:

What meals would you prefer to a meat lover like me? lol I can't live a day without some meat in my meal even for breakfast it would be eggs with italian sausages.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 01, 2013:

I actually do go to sleep early, usually around 8 or 8:30. But like I said at the moment, I'm in the process of trying to get back into that sleeping pattern, and mainly because biphasic sleep won't work with a 9 - 5 work schedule.

As for meals, we try to eat only vegan foods, although on occasion we do eat things like sour cream and cheese. I have a salad every day for lunch, dinner is typically what I like to call a hodgepodge, lots of veggies cooked in coconut oil, and thrown over rice or pasta, or my favorite, vegan sausages and sauteed onion sandwiches. We also make fresh juice regularly and I'll have a large cup of juice as a snack most of the time, on occasion I'll have a Kashi granola bar, or their toasted asiago crackers. We try to stay away from all refined sugars and packaged foods. To add protein to our diet (which I absolutely need because I workout so much) I have a fruit/tofu smoothie as my nighttime snack. We add hemp powder to the smoothie to add the protein and we use chocolate almond milk as the base. My breakfast is the same thing every morning: Kashi Toasted berry crumble with vanilla almond milk and a 16 oz cup of lady grey tea. :D

I'm going to be adding a lot of the recipes that we cook to my blog. I update it with dietary and workout notes. Plus I'm currently adding my collection of health articles I have here on HP. It's a work in progress, but it's going to be the supplement to this hub because I frequently get questions like yours via comments and email. So I thought it would be a good idea to have it all in one place. I just moved the blog, so it's still under construction but the address is if you're interested. :D

julioistheman123 from New York on April 30, 2013:

That's something I have to work on lol. Do you go to sleep around 7:00 to wake up that early? I usually go to sleep around 9:00 to 9:30 and wake up around 7:00. What kind of meals do you eat to stay healthy?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on April 29, 2013:

lol I go to bed REALLY early. For a time, I was on a biphasic sleep schedule, but I'm going back to work shortly and I'm attempting to re-establish a "normal" sleep schedule. I'll be honest, I oversleep at times, but I'm always out of bed by 0530 at the very latest. Most mornings I do make it up by about 0415! :D I really am a morning person!! lol

julioistheman123 from New York on April 27, 2013:

I'm planning on getting UFC Trainer , because I'm loving the boxing cardio workout more than the original cardio. How do you manage the sleeping time? I just wonder how it's possible to wake up that early lol.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on April 26, 2013:

Most recently, I've been doing 2 cardio boxing platinum and silver classes, and then I've been switching back to the original Your Shape and doing the one of the Sarah Maxwell workouts. The name escapes me at the moment. Then I put in UFC trainer and do a few rounds of hit the mitts, and some weights, and then some extra cardio training with Nike Kinect Trainer. I've been changing up the routine a bit because I hit a plateau. :D

julioistheman123 from New York on April 23, 2013:

So for exercising do you do five 15 minute workouts or three 3o minute workouts? Right now I've been doing half hour to an hour workouts from 5:30pm to 6:00pm (I'm not really a morning person) , but I'm going to start trying to do what you do (I'll just use my alarm clock). So far I've been burning about 150 to more than 200 calories a day so far from doing cardio boxing and cardio workouts, but I want to go even further because now I'm getting less tired when I do it for a half hour.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on February 18, 2013:

I'm currently working out 3 times a week (or trying to at least). Motivation tends to wax and wane. I'm going to try the new Nike Trainer to see if that helps to motivate me any more, I'd like to get back to 6 days a week. Still, I'm at least getting more exercise now with the kinect than I was without it! It really has made a huge difference in my life!

Wes on February 13, 2013:

So, any new updates ? How's the workouts coming ?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on January 20, 2013:

@Jeanette, I'm so glad I could inspire you!! I think you'll really enjoy working out with the Kinect. I think the fact that I can workout whenever I want to really makes it easier to get in a workout. There's really no excuse lol Keep in touch, let me know how you like the kinect. I'm going to be using my blog as a support group of sorts as well, so feel free to join in the conversation!

Jeanette on January 14, 2013:

WOW!!! I am so inspired by your story!! Thank you!!! I am only 24 and gained so much weight after i had my daughter 3 years ago, i went from being 180 to 223... HORRIBLE :( !!! ... i couldn't find the motivation but your story gave me hope!! I am going to go but the Kinect today !!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on December 26, 2012:

@Freida Oh I'm so happy my story could inspire you! The kinect has completely changed my life, and I know it can do the same for anyone. I have never stuck with any exercise program before I got the kinect. It really does make it fun to exercise. I'm actually still amazed at how much muscle I've developed on top of the weight loss and I feel great!

I wish you all the best on your fitness journey, and if there is anything I can do to help, please feel free to contact me! I'm trying to collaborate with a few friends on twitter to offer motivation and keep ourselves on track. If you'd like to join our little "support group" (for lack of a better term) just follow me and send me a message!

Freida on December 26, 2012:

I just love your story. I have been looking all over online looking for info on how to lose weight with the Kinect. You have truly inspired me!!!!

Thank you so much!!!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on November 16, 2012:

@Kimberly, I'm now following you. We tend to tweet when we work out, or if we don't feel like working out, just to try to keep ourselves on track... sometimes it works, lol sometimes it doesn't... But the Kinect is fun, so that makes it easier. Hopefully Santa will bring you one! :D

Kimberly Vaughn from Midwest on November 14, 2012:

That sounds good! Of course, I need to get a Kinect first, maybe for Christmas. I did just sign up to follow up on twitter. My id is dunnvaughn.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on November 14, 2012:

@Kimberly Vaughn, you're more than welcome, let me know how it goes. A friend of mine on twitter and I are exercise buddies, in an effort to keep ourselves motivated. Your welcome to join us! :D my twitter ID @IDaughterofMaat

Kimberly Vaughn from Midwest on November 13, 2012:

Dance Party does sound right. I just love the commercial with the presidential candidates having a dance off. And, I will definitely check out the Nike+ Training Game. Thanks for the recommendation!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on November 13, 2012:

@Kimberly Vaughn You will LOVE the kinect. I would highly recommend getting the new Nike+ Training game, I just tried it and did a review on it and it's AMAZING. I think I know which dancing game you're talking about, Dance Party I think?? I'm not a big dance game person, but my daughter (she's 6) thinks it looks awesome. lol I fear if I get the game for her, I'll never get my kinect back! lol

Stop by and let me know how you like the kinect if/when you buy it!! :D

Kimberly Vaughn from Midwest on November 11, 2012:

Great hub! We have an xbox at home but not a kinetc. I have been thinking about getting one and this hub has pushed me over the edge. I am going to have to get one now and try the exercise games. And, there is an ad on tv right now for a dancing game with kinetc that looks super fun.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on October 22, 2012:

My workouts usually last about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on what I'm doing. Sometimes I lose track of time and have gone 3 hours before! If I need to get in a workout but I'm really short on time, I'll do a 30 minute aerobic workout on YSFE 2012.

Maryam on October 22, 2012:

Congratulations! I have a question. How long do you play for?

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on August 18, 2012:

Thank you Zsobig! I tried the trial for Just Dance, and I have to say even though I had been working out, I was super sore the next day! It's quite a workout! I'm still amazed "playing a video game" can get me in shape! lol Happy gaming!

Sophie from United Kingdom on August 18, 2012:

This is great, congratulations on achieving this success!

We recently bought a kincect for our Xbox, but I already love the Just Dance-series. It is fantastic and I know it is a good sign to feel some sore pain in my arms and legs every other day :).

Good luck for the future!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 15, 2012:

@Sony everyones' metabolism is different, you may not notice a change in the shape of your body for awhile. It took me about 3 months before I really noticed a huge difference. I noticed more change by trying on a smaller pair of jeans. Fitting into smaller clothes and shape changes are just icing on the cake. Feeling better and improving your overall health is the biggest reward! Congrats on starting your journey, and keep up the great work!

sony on July 15, 2012:

I just started a one and half month back i am also feeling great after playing games and shape ur body but did not find any improvement in my body as yet but feeling lite and i am going to continue it

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 08, 2012:

Thank you Christy! It feels great to be getting healthier. Although I still have a few stubborn pounds to lose, I feel much better than I did a year ago!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 08, 2012:

Congrats on your journey to getting healthy! And how great that you can use a video game console to do it, this really is 2012 :) Good for you and I wish you health and happiness.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on July 02, 2012:

@ToBeWhoIAm Thanks for reading and commenting! Glad you enjoyed the hub

ToBeWhoIAm from Hell (aka Florida) on July 02, 2012:

Haha, that is so true!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 21, 2012:

Thank you christryon! I'm still amazed at the results I've gotten from just "playing a game!" Thanks for reading and commenting!

christryon on June 21, 2012:

You ARE an inspiration! Congratulations to you for taking action and doing WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 21, 2012:

I have problems with motivation at times as well. I picked up UFC Personal Trainer a few months ago and that has really helped with my motivation because I actually like it better than the new Your Shape game.

I know what you mean about sharing the kinect. I have to wait until both my hubby and my daughter are asleep if I want to get my 90 minute workout in (thankfully I switched to biphasic sleep which makes this much easier!). I'm glad my hub offered some inspiration. We all need a kick in the pants every now and then!! :D

ToBeWhoIAm from Hell (aka Florida) on June 21, 2012:

I have to say that this hub was very inspirational to me! We bought the Xbox Kinect last Christmas because I was dying to be able to play and workout at the same time. I don't consider myself fat but I could loss a few pounds and tone up a little and I'd be happy. And since I don't do gyms either, this is the only way me exercising would happen.

Unfortunately, between having to share it with everyone else in the house (I live with my parents at the moment) and either not having the time or motivation to use it, I have only played a handful of times since we got it six months ago. We have the You Shape "game" however and my father loves it. Reading your hub makes me want to get better about using it because I know I will get results if I stick with it! Thank you!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on June 15, 2012:

Nice lol. You might try UFC Personal Trainer. I have a hub reviewing it if you were interested. I LOVE that game. It has become my new favorite game! Thanks for reading and commenting!!

MichaelOlsen from Michigan on June 15, 2012:

Great article! I also use the Kinect and Just Dance as a workout, although I think I need something more in depth considering that I'm a graduate of the Insanity program.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 12, 2012:

Thank you dwachira! We miss her terribly, but at least she's no longer suffering. I was as stunned as you are when I started losing weight and getting stronger just by playing a game. It still amazes me to this day! Thanks for your comment!

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on May 12, 2012:

It's a good motivating hub. I never thought games can be that useful. Sorry about Lady.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on May 09, 2012:

Don't let UFC Trainer fool you, there are premade and quick workouts that leave me completely out of breath and my heart going a mile a minute. Plus you can make your own. Many of the premade workouts are actually interval training, which really helps jump start the metabolism! Although, I did find Kinect Adventures can still leave me out of breath. Best of luck to you! :D

ii3rittles on May 08, 2012:

I just started using the Kinect to lose weight yesterday. Wrote a hub about it actually. Who knew a kids game can be a weight loss treasure! I am using kinect adventures for an hour to two hours a day and will be doing it every day for 2 months. I can't wait to see my results unfold! I already feel the ache. It hurts to walk! I'm glad it worked for you! Gives me hope =)

Once I get in better shape I will be using the UFC game which totally kicks your butt! I am also hoping to get Dance Central 2 for some nice cardio. Once I get that, I will do an hour of each every day.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on April 30, 2012:

I must say I was quite surprised with the results as well! Lately what I've noticed is the muscle I've gained from playing UFC Personal Trainer. I actually have a feeling that might have been why I gained weight a few months ago. Muscle weighs more than fat, and I proved to myself two days ago that I've built significant muscle all over my body. I rearranged our living room, and I moved my desk which is particle board, but has 2 drawers on one side, one of which is a large file drawer that I've filled with paperwork and misc. stuff. I moved it all by myself! I really didn't think a video game could do that, but it's made quite a difference! Best of luck to you getting back into an exercise regimen. I love the boxing games as well! :D

Ania Lichszteld from United Kingdom on April 30, 2012:

Wow, that is a brilliant result! A while ago I was doing similar thing on Nintendo Wii (dancing and boxing games were the best :) ) but with time I have lost motivation. Your results on Kinect just gave me a new hope - thanks for sharing it!

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on April 25, 2012:

You're so very welcome. The kinect is such a great way to lose weight. It's private and you can work at your own pace. If you haven't already, I recommend trying UFC Personal Trainer. The workouts are amazing even if you don't like fighting/boxing!

Oou Jung on April 25, 2012:

I'm trying to lose weight with kinect, too. Thank you for your inspiring story ^ ^

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on February 28, 2012:

They do actually, I just read your hub on the big lie in politics, and I thought it was very well balanced, and a great read.

Motivation is the key, I recently just found a new game that I'll be reviewing. It has helped boost my motivation considerably. It's called UFC Trainer, and while not everyone is interested in boxing or MMA fighting, I found it's a fun workout, and helps vent frustration while really giving you a great workout. SInce starting UFC, I haven't lost any weight, but I have gained significant muscle, and lost quite a bit of belly fat. My jeans fit much better now! :D

Scott Belford from Keystone Heights, FL on February 28, 2012:

As I write my comment, I am staring at my unused WII sitting on the floor, under the livingroom coffee table. WII has a great exercise program as well which I used ... once upon a time. Now my grandson uses the WII for his sports games.

Motivation, motivation, motivation, that is the key. If I can get that, then your well written hub is the ticket for me, given the time, or rather lack of, I have available.

Enjoyed your hub, DOM. BTW, I am not as much into astrology as I am into astronomy, but my sign is Libra (even have it tatooed on my arm). Whether it is rising or falling (rising I suspect), I am not sure, but my birth date is Oct 5. I hope my signs propensity toward balance and justice show up in my hubs, as you read them.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on February 23, 2012:

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I know motivation wasn't really a problem for me until after my puppies died, so any help I can give someone else to get motivated and get healthy helps motivate me as well. Thanks for reading and commenting! :D

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 23, 2012:

Thanks for the motivation and review of the kinect game. I've never tried one of these videos but it's worth a try. As a dog lover I want to say how sorry I am to hear of the loss of your dogs. Exercise has always been a great depression reducer for me and attitude adjuster. Thanks for a very helpful and informative hub.

Mel Flagg COA OSC (author) from Rural Central Florida on February 18, 2012:

Another great game that I just got is UFC trainer, it's an amazing workout, and has more features than YSFE. I'll be posting a review of it in a few weeks, after I've had time to really "play." lol Thanks for reading and commenting!

Monica on February 18, 2012:

Congrats on your Kinect success! I just bought one for my bf for Valentine's Day, and were going to try it out this weekend-were both looking to get back in shape for the summer. I have about 15 lbs to lose but it is difficult for me to lose weight even with a healthy diet. So hopefully getting moving with the Kinect will get me back to where I need to be. Best of luck to you in your future Kinect endeavors :)